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Healthy Vegetarian Taco Salad

This colorful vegetarian taco salad comes together in minutes. Quinoa, black beans, corn and kale will fill you up while the spicy avocado dressing satisfies the taste buds

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I go through phases with my food cravings and lately it has consisted of arugula, kale, Mexican food, and ice cream. So why not combine two of them in this healthier taco salad? Other than the quinoa, this vegetarian salad requires no cooking and comes together very quickly making it a great salad for lunch or a weeknight dinner to beat the lingering summer heat. It’s made even healthier by serving it in a bowl of purple cabbage leaves. Crunchy like a tortilla without the guilt. As a bonus it even looks pretty!

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Two years ago: Roasted Cherry Brownie Cheesecake
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Baked Chicken Fajitas

Trade in taco night for fajita night with these easy baked chicken fajitas. Served with your favorite toppings and wrapped in warm flour tortillas.

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For this month’s Secret Recipe Club I was assigned to Rebekah’s blog Making Miracles. After browsing her recipe list I found myself quickly adding recipes to my bookmarks for things such as Italian sliders, seared pork tortas, and of course oatmeal peanut butter cookies because you all know how much I cannot ignore a good peanut butter recipe. But ultimately I landed on a recipe for baked fajitas – Mexican Monday anyone!?

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Fajitas are one of my favorite Mexican dishes to order and I was excited by how easily it came together, and using only one pan, making it a perfect weeknight meal. Serve it with your favorite toppings all wrapped in a soft, warm flour tortilla and your cannot go wrong. I did increased the amount of chicken and bell pepper slightly but other than that kept the recipe the same. Thanks Rebekah for the great meal!

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Three years ago: Petri Dish Cookies
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Skirt Steak with Kale Chimichurri Sauce

Seasoned skirt streak topped with a kale chimichurri sauce. So much flavor and easy to make!

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Told you I’ve been making a lot of recipes with kale and arugula lately. I had been wanting to make chimichurri for a very long time so when I found a recipe using kale I finally sprung into action. This steak was everything I hoped it would be. Perfectly seasoned, pick in the middle and topped with an amazingly flavorful chimichurri. There was actually plenty of chimichurri leftover and have enjoyed spreading it on sandwiches and burgers. I want to try it in an omlet next. It’s my new favorite condiment!

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One year ago: Eggplant Manicotti with Creamy Pesto Filling
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Lighter Chicken Bellagio

Oven-fried chicken with prosciutto, arugula and a guiltless pesto-asiago cream sauce aka a lighter version of the popular dish “Chicken Bellagio”.

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Yesterday’s interview for an adjunct teaching position went very well. In fact they were quite impressed with me! The down-side is that they may only have one class for me to teach in the upcoming term (which translates to a small paycheck). But they might have more next term which starts in December, so getting my foot in the door now could pay off. I have lots to think about and if you know me at all you are aware of my very pensive mind. Which is a nice way of saying I think too darn much, especially when it involved life decisions.

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In an effort to not over-think things let’s soothe the mind, body, and soul with some comfort food that’s been lightened up. I first had Chicken Bellagio at an Italian restaurant in Rochester, NY but apparently it is also a very popular dish at the Cheesecake Factory. Either way, after experiencing it I decided I needed to make a homemade version that is slightly healthier. The chicken is oven-fried and served over whole wheat pasta tossed in a light pesto-asiago cream sauce with prosciutto. Top it off with some fresh arugula and it’s a sight for sore eyes!

One year ago: Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Burgers with Guacamole

Three years ago: Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Basil Roasted Peaches
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Arugula, Black Garlic & Cherry Tomato Pizza

Sweet, spreadable black garlic is the star of this pizza. The whole wheat thin crust is also topped with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes and baby arugula.

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I should be in Memphis today. Weezer is performing at Snowden Grove tonight and a few months ago I swore I would find a way to get there but as time ticked away I realized it was not fiscally responsible to buy tickets for a band I’ve already seen 3 times – even if it’s been over 7 years since I last saw them. Of course that’s not all, there’s also a Dishcrawl event in Memphis today for bacon lovers. To compensate you might find me jamming out to Weezer all day while eating bacon.

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While this pizza does not have bacon, it does have prosciutto which is basically fancy bacon. It also has a bunch of other fancy things such as fresh mozzarella, arugula and black garlic. What the heck is black garlic? It is caramelized garlic which is the result of being heated at a low temperature for about 40 days. So yea you can make it yourself if you feel like leaving a hot plate/slow cooker on for 40 days straight or you can just buy some like it did (I found it at Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati, OH). It has the spreadable consistency of roasted garlic but a sweeter flavor. In other words you’ll want to spread it on everything like butter.

One year ago: Blue Moo Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Two years ago: Peach Greek Yogurt Pie
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Broccoli Sauce

Summer cooking is made easy with your slow cooker – it’s not just for cold weather. This chicken and broccoli sauce is great on top of your favorite pasta.

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Yesterday I was sucked into the gloriousness that is McKay’s used books. Not only do they have an expansive selection of books to rival any of the larger chain bookstores, but there was an entire aisle of cookbooks. Unfortunately I was only there for a short stop before heading off to the movies and didn’t have enough time to fully commit to the search but you better believe I will be going back sometime this week to take over that aisle. There are all kinds from the latest cookbooks to those gems with contributed recipes which were made for bake sales, fundraisers, etc. I cannot wait to see what I find!

In truth however, I bookmark so many recipes daily from my fellow food bloggers that I really should not be thinking about buying cookbooks, used or not. There are simply not enough meals in the day for how many recipes I want to try. I expressed this problem to Joanne (Eats Well With Others) and decided that somehow we all need to get together, cook two recipes we’ve been dying to try, and then have a fat-kid field day. What I would give to live closer to make that happen. Guess I could always venture back up to the NYC area again. Or maybe Kita (Pass the Sushi) and I could convince everyone to venture to Seattle with us to visit Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) and all the root beer deliciousness that awaits.

But back to all the food I want to cook. This is one such recipe that I have been wanting to make and the best part is that it doesn’t take any time at all to prepare because your slow cooker does all the work and doesn’t heat up your house. Well okay you have to steam the broccoli and cook the pasta but the hard parts are taken care of, giving you more time to focus on whatever else. Like daydreaming about foodie-travels.

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One year ago: Cherry Vanilla Almond Overnight Oatmeal

Three years ago: Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips
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Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon, Peach, & Basil Burgers

Be adventurous with this goat cheese stuffed burger topped with not only bacon but basil, peach chutney and even peach slices. You’ll be surprised how good it tastes!

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Well that was quick. Just yesterday I mentioned that any day now someone will snatch me up for a job. Sure enough shortly after applying to a couple jobs yesterday morning I got a phone call from one asking to set up an in-person interview. An hour later I had a confirmation e-mail for an interview on August 18th! I should foretell things more often on this blog – it’s magical. I did just apply to two more perfect-for-me jobs O:-).

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To celebrate this crazy turn of events lets have some fun with our food by combining meat and fruit into one crazy-awesome burger. This burger starts off decently normal with a little pepper mixed into the meat and bacon for topping but then you stuff some goat cheese in the patty and add peach chutney, peach slices, and basil on top. Sounds weird but tastes delicious. If you are skeptical assemble it with everything but the peach slices, but put them on the side to try. I bet they will end up on that burger if you give them a chance.

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One year ago: Veggie Cups with Green Goddess Dip & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Two years ago: Cinnabon Roll Rice Krispies Treats
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Turkey and Kale Panini & Stonewall Kitchen Giveaway

This turkey, pepperjack, and kale panini perfected with the addition of maple bacon aioli. Spread it on just about anything and you won’t be sorry.

Turkey and Kale Panini

August is National panini month. Paninis are just fancy grilled cheeses and I happen to love all forms of grilled cheese. This particular version was dreamed up when I received a jar of Stonewall Kitchen’s maple bacon aioli. Bacon makes everything better and the sweetness of the maple seemed perfect for turkey. Then I slapped on a little heat with pepperjack cheese and some healthy stuff in the form of kale. Yea it was good, so much so that I also spread it on top of a steak.

Steak with Maple Bacon Aioli

But I don’t want to be a tease so I am giving away a jar of the aioli to try out for yourself. Just use the Rafflecopter widget located at the bottom of this post. If you need more motivation,  on their website they also had a recipe for hot spinach and artichoke dip with this aioli in it - that has got to be tasty. Get a jar, make it and this sandwich, and then serve it together. And then continue to spread the aioli on everything in sight.

One year ago: Gnocchi with Sausage and Kale

Three years ago: “I Can’t Believe It’s Healthier” Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
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20 No-Cook Summer Recipes

Beat the summer heat with these 20 no-cook breakfast, snack and entree recipes. No oven or stove-top required.

20 No-Cook Summer Recipes

July and August tend to be the hottest summer months which means turning on your oven or even cooking on your stove-top is undesirable. For such occasions I have compiled a list of 20 recipes that require no oven or stove-top for breakfast, entrees and even snacks. What are come of your favorite no-cook recipes for hot summer days?

Next week I will be sharing some of the favorite no-bake desserts!

One year ago: Individual Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon & Jalapeno

Three years ago: Sourdough Starter
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SPAM Tacos

Turn canned SPAM meat into a tasty and fun weeknight dinner. Tacos! Stuffed in a crispy corn tortilla shell along with all your favorite taco toppings.

SPAM Tacos

You read that correctly, SPAM-freaking-tacos. My dad and I actually made these together. He did all the prep work and all I had to do was fry it and assemble. Such a great sous chef! I can always depend on my dad to be game for fun/kid-like foods, movies and activities. Oddly enough I didn’t ever appreciate SPAM as a child but now that my taste buds have been refined I find it to be most acceptable. Especially when fried and stuffed in a crispy taco shell along with avocado, corn, black beans, tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese. What could possibly be wrong about that?

One year ago: Peanut Butter Burgers with Slim Jim Fries and Chocolate Malted Milkshakes

Two years ago: German Chocolate S’mores Gooey Cake Bars
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